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Modeling of Ferrofluid Passive Cooling System

M. Yang[1,2], R. O'Handley[2], and Z. Fang[2,3]
[1]Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA
[2]Ferro Solutions, Woburn, MA, USA
[3]Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA

A ferrofluid contains nanoscale ferromagnetic particles suspended in a carrier liquid. It is used in some high-power acoustic speakers to cool the drive coil. The ferromagnetic particles far from the heat source are attracted by the drive coil’s magnetic field. As the fluid approaches the heat source, its temperature rises, causing the nanoparticles to become paramagnetic. Cooler magnetic fluid ...

Studies of Sound Radiation from Beams with Acoustic Black Holes

C. Zhao [1], M. G. Prasad [1],
[1] Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ, USA

Recently, acoustic black holes (ABH), a new passive structural modification approach to control vibration and noise from mechanical structures have been developed and studied. This preliminary study presents the work on the influence of acoustical black holes on the vibration and sound field of beams. The simulation and experimental results show that the parameters m and a in the power law ...

Simulating Forced Convection in a Bingham Plastic Fluid

E. Tejaswini [1], B. Sreenivasulu [1], B. Srinivas [1],
[1]Gayatri Vidya Parishad College of Engineering, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India

In this work, the heat transfer characteristics of two heated cylinders of square cross-section immersed in a streaming Bingham plastic medium have been studied. The governing differential equations (continuity, momentum and thermal energy) have been solved numerically over wide range of conditions as: plastic Reynolds number, 0.1 ≤ Re ≤ 40, Prandtl number, 1 ≤ Pr ≤ 100, Bingham number, 0 ≤ Bn ≤ ...

Modeling of Arc Welding Power Source - new

E. S. Tschoepke[1], J. A. E. Mazzaferro[1], G. Paz[1]
[1]Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil

Introduction: The main objective of the present work consists in modeling an arc welding heat source to allow predict peak temperature and cooling rate at specific points. The filler metal was deposited on a plate of 32mm thick with no chamfer, in bead on plate configuration, using five different preheat temperatures: -30°C, 30°C, 100°C, 150°C and 200°C. Use of COMSOL Multiphysics® software: ...

Design and Development, via Prototype Testing and Multiphysics Modelling, of a Thermoelectric Generator (TEG) for Integration in Autonomous Gas Heaters

M. P. Codecasa[1], C. Fanciulli[1], R. Gaddi[2], F. Gomez Paz[3], and F. Passaretti[1]
[1]National Research Council of Italy - IENI Institute, Lecco, Italy
[2]Italkero S.r.l., Modena, Italy
[3]Studio di design Francisco Gomez Paz, Milano, Italy

An autonomous gas-heater for outdoor environments was selected as a test-case for cogeneration in gas-heaters and stoves, permitting installation and operation without need of an electrical network connection. A thermoelectric generator (TEG) was designed, converting part of produced heat into electrical power for auxiliaries (ventilation) or ancillary functions (illumination). Design approach, ...

Evaluation of Efficiency Factors of Commercial Thermoelectric Materials Using COMSOL Multiphysics® Software

K. Cadien [1], S. Seif [1], T. Thundat [1],
[1] Department of Chemical & Materials Engineering, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

We have developed single leg model using COMSOL Multiphysics® software to compute Φ of TE materials without using conventional ZT parameters. The Φ were calculated using parametric programming in PDE by using special probe to capture change in power (∆P), ΔT, and area (A), thus (Φ = ∆P/A*ΔT 2). The obtained results showed that the TE material with highest Φ when the temperatures are between 375 ...

Lamb Waves in Fluid-Loaded Plates

T. Kaufmann[1], F. Kassubek[1], D. Pape [1], M. Lenner[1]
[1]ABB Corporate Research, Baden-Dättwil, Switzerland

Lamb waves are elastic waves propagating in free solid plates. In the case of plates loaded with a fluid, the equations describing these waves have to be modified to include the effects of the fluid. In our work we have tackled this problem using COMSOL Multiphysics®. We have used the two-dimensional plane strain model of the solid mechanics interface to calculate the eigenmodes of the coupled ...

Control of Real Distributed Parameter Systems Modeled by COMSOL Multiphysics® Software - new

C. Belavý[1], G. Hulkó[1], S. Lipár[1], B. Barbolyas[1]
[1]Institute of Automation, Measurement and Applied Informatics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava, Bratislava, Slovak Republic

In the paper, first a basic concept of the engineering approach for modeling and control of distributed parameter systems (DPS) based on interpretation of controlled systems as lumped input and distributed output systems (LDS) is introduced. Next, FEM modeling of temperature fields in casting mould and extruder body as real DPS by means of the software environment COMSOL Multiphysics® is ...

Numerical Optimization Strategy for Determining 3D Flow Fields in Microfluidics

A. Eden [1], M. Sigurdson [1], C. D. Meinhart [1], I. Mezic [1],
[1] University of California - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Measurement of three dimensional, three component velocity fields is central to the development of effective micromixers for bioassays and lab-on-chip mixing applications. We present a hybrid experimental-numerical method for the generation of 3D flow information from 2D particle image velocimetry (PIV) experimental data and finite element simulations. An optimization algorithm is applied to a ...

Numerical Simulation of Vibrationally Active Ar-H2 Microwave Plasma

F. Bosi [1], M. Magarotto [2], P. de Carlo [2], M. Manente [2], F. Trezzolani [2], D. Pavarin [2], D. Melazzi [2], P. Alotto [1], R. Bertani [1],
[1] Department of Industrial Engineering, University of Padova, Padova, Italy
[2] CISAS "G.Colombo", University of Padova, Padova, Italy

Microwave discharges have a wide range of applications, such as gas conversion, material processing and surface treatment; also they can provide an efficient way for dissociation of molecular gases as CO2 and N2O. Depending on the operating pressure and temperature, non-equilibrium conditions can be attained within the discharge, where electron temperature, vibrational temperature and ...